On Tuesday 14th December, SCVS held its AGM and joint event with Building Communities Trust, ‘The POWER of Networks’ – you can find the presentations and SCVS Impact Report here, and have your say on the development of a local and national community network.

We were delighted to be joined by over 100 people online for our second digital AGM, this year held in partnership with Building Communities Trust.

SCVS Impact report 20-21 cover imageAttendees heard about the work of SCVS during 2020-21, in a presentation of our Impact Report from SCVS Director Amanda Carr.

Download your copy of SCVS Impact Report 2020-21 here

We then heard moving stories from local organisations about their incredible work in response to the pandemic, and the local networks which helped to make that happen. The presentations are available below, along with a video from Circus Eruption about their fantastic work.

Swansea TogetherThom Lynch spoke about the work of the network of partners who provided thousands of emergency meals. Read more here

Pontarddulais Partnership / Canolfan y Bont – Cath Harris

4x4 Response Wales – James Ward

Circus Eruption – Karen Chalk

Asylum Seekers and Refugees Coordination Group – Hannah Sabatia, Thanuja Hettiarachchi, Sophie De Marco

The second element of the event featured an introduction from Chris Johnes, the Director of Building Communities Trust about the establishment of ‘Community Movement Cymru’, a national movement to connect community organisations across Wales; whether the sector in Swansea felt they would benefit from being involved, and whether there was a gap locally and a need for a Swansea wide Community network.

View the BCT presentation here

We also heard from Ceri Cunnington, who is part of the Dolan Network in North Wales about the community network they have developed, and the benefits it is bringing.

View the Dolan Network presentation here

Attendees broke into small groups to consider:

  • How might you benefit from being involved at a national level?
  • Would you want to see a forum in Swansea looking at community issues?
  • How might a Swansea Forum and national movement work together?

There will be more work around the development of the Swansea specific and national network in 2022 – if you would like to be involved, please take a couple of moments to share your views and leave your contact details in the online survey (click here)

Finally, Alun Evans, Chair of the SCVS Board of Trustees thanked the board, the SCVS Team and the sector for their outstanding work to supporting thousands of people in Swansea during coronavirus. Swansea is a better place for its vibrant third sector.